Free doses of Narcan, which can counteract an opioid drug overdose, are now available at Concord Free Public Library’s Main and Fowler buildings as well as the town Health Division at 141 Keyes Road. Photo courtesy of Moira Carter

Picking up a library book? Now you can pick up Narcan, too

March 27, 2024

If you or someone you care for or about is at risk of opioid overdose, lifesaving treatment is now as close as a trip to the library.   

Concord residents — and non-residents — can now pick up free doses of naloxone nasal spray, marketed as Narcan, at the Concord Free Public Library at 129 Main Street and the Fowler Branch at 1322 Main Street, as well as at the Concord Health Division, 141 Keyes Road, second floor.  

Narcan can reverse the effects of an overdose of opioid drugs such as morphine, codeine, heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and methadone.  

As part of its participation in the Community Naloxone Program, the town of Concord encourages — but does not require — people seeking Narcan to meet with Public Health Nurse Moira Carter to request individual or group Narcan training, talk about other resources available to community members and their loved ones, or answer questions.  

Reach Carter at (978) 318-3289 or  

To learn more about Narcan and how to use it, visit or    

Also, the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Call (800) 327-5050, text 800327, or find more information and chat online at

Celeste Katz Marston